Neighborhood Conservation

Sign 'Claremont Historic District'

The Neighborhood Signs Program installs attractive signs and landscaping that welcome visitors and residents.

The Neighborhood Conservation Program helps improve and enhance Arlington neighborhoods. When the program was created in 1964, the goal was to empower residents by having them come together to discuss and share ideas for improving their neighborhoods. Today, the program provides funding for a variety of improvements including: installation of sidewalks, curbs and gutters, streetlights, signs, park improvements, neighborhood art and beautification. This program empowers citizens to identify and plan projects in their own neighborhoods.

For a comprehensive overview of program processes, policies, schedules and the civic engagement process, read the Neighborhood Conservation Guide.

Neighborhood Conservation Program Review

The County has started a review of the Neighborhood Conservation Program, per the County Board’s action to adopt the FY2019-28 Capital Improvement Plan.

At its core, this review is expected to:

  • evaluate how well the program is meeting its core mission
  • explore opportunities for process and implementation improvements
  • consider the potential role of innovation, and
  • investigate ways to better leverage the program’s civic engagement components

Learn more here.

Benefits of Participation

Communities participating in the Neighborhood Conservation program benefit from being involved in the process for improving their own neighborhoods and help get funds for important projects. It’s also a great way for neighborhoods to directly engage with Arlington County.

When a neighborhood participates in the Neighborhood Conservation program, it becomes part of a larger community known as the Neighborhood Conservation Advisory Committee (NCAC). The County Board relies on the NCAC to report on the issues of greatest concern to our community members. Neighborhood Conservation representatives serve on the NCAC and help to develop recommendations for improving the neighborhood conservation process and participate in implementing County bond funds.